Multiple Intelligences

Unit Plan Template
EDUC 522

Unit Title: The Life Cycle of a Pumpkin Teacher: Kimberly Pollak

Grade Level: 2nd


Subject: Science Time Frame: 30 minutes a day
x 3 weeks
Objectives:

After taking a field trip to the garden, students will learn the stages of the life
cycle of a pumpkin. The students will identify and construct a pumpkin
diary/picture book using all the stages of the life cycle of a pumpkin. They will
perform an experiment, make a clay model of a pumpkin and end the unit with a
performance of the pumpkin life cycle. As a bonus activity, the students will
make pumpkin spiced muffins.



Intelligences:
Visual-Spatial, Verbal/Linguistic, Interpersonal, Bodily-Kinesthetic,
Intrapersonal, Naturalist, Musical Rhythmic, Logical/Mathematical



Technologies in the unit:

Excel Worksheet
Audio
Smartboard
iPad
Projector
Internet
Computer
Camera


Common Core Standards:

Reading Standards for Informational Text – 2
nd
Grade
RI.2.3 Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific
ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
RI.2.7 Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine
works) contribute to and clarify a text.

Life Sciences
2. Plants and animals have predictable life cycles. As a basis for understanding
this concept:
c. Students know many characteristics of an organism are inherited from the
parents. Some characteristics are caused or influenced by the environment.
d. Students know there is variation among individuals of one kind within a

population.
e. Students know light, gravity, touch, or environmental stress can affect the
germination, growth, and development of plants.
f. Students know flowers and fruits are associated with reproduction in plants.



Technology Standards:

2. Communication and Collaboration
Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work
collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and
contribute to the learning of others.
a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a
variety of digital
environments and media
d. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems

3. Research and Information Fluency
Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.
a. Plan strategies to guide inquiry
b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information
from a variety of sources and media
c. Evaluate and select information sources and digital tools based on the
appropriateness to specific tasks


Materials: (digital and non-digital)
Digital:
Camera
Audio
iPad
Excel Worksheet
Smart Board
Computer
Projector
Color Printer
Internet

Non-Digital:
Crayons & Colored pencils
Leaves
Construction Paper
Tissue Paper
Flash Cards
Cup
Modeling clay
Poster Board
Books
Glue & Scissors
Paper & Pencil
Pointing Stick
Clipboard
Intelligences:

Visual, Kinesthetic
Musical, Interpersonal
Intrapersonal, Musical, Logical
Intrapersonal, Logical
Visual, Kinesthetic, Verbal,
Musical
Visual, Kinesthetic, Verbal,
Visual, Kinesthetic, Verbal
Visual
All MI’s

Interpersonal, Visual
Naturalistic, Kinesthetic
Visual, Naturalist
Visual, Naturalist
Visual, Interpersonal, Verbal
Kinesthetic, Naturalist
Naturalist, Kinesthetic,
Interpersonal
Kinesthetic, Interpersonal,
Logical
Verbal, Visual, Logical,
Interpersonal
Kinesthetic, Interpersonal
Visual, Kinesthetic,
Interpersonal
Naturalist,

Procedures:

Listen to background music throughout the unit

Week 1
Day 1 – Teacher will take the students to the garden to learn about pumpkin
plants. Students will be in groups taking turns using cameras, pointer sticks, and
clipboards to identify plant parts. Students will fill in pumpkin plant parts by
sight on clipboard picture list.

Day 2 – Students will pass around a pumpkin, they will discuss what they know
about pumpkins. Pass out a Pumpkin Diary to each student. This is where they
will keep all lesson information and pictures. Cut open the pumpkin and let the
students pick out a seed to be planted in a cup for their experiment tomorrow.

We will read "Pumpkin Jack" by Will Hubbell. After listening to the story, in a
think-pair-share, partners will talk about why Jack came back at the end of the
story! I will be asking what you think happened with Jack.

Students will print out their plant pictures from the garden to use at a later to
make a picture book.

Day 3 – Using picture flash cards students will identify, label and color in
pumpkin life cycle with colored pencils.

Students will start their pumpkin plant experiment by putting soil and their seed
in a cup.

Day 4 - Using an excel spreadsheet students will estimate how long it takes the
plant to grow. Then the students will illustrate the pumpkin life cycle on
construction paper using crayons.

Day 5 – Print garden photos, cut them out and glue them into the Pumpkin
Diary. Label each photo.

Week 2
Day 1 - We will read a story called "Pumpkin, Pumpkin" on Starfall to review
the life cycle we learned about in "Pumpkin Jack".
http://more2.starfall.com/n/fiction-
nonfiction/pumpkin/load.htm?f&filter=first&y=1&rdr=1&

Make flash cards using pumpkin life cycle cards.

Day 2 - We will watch a video called "The Life Cycle of a Pumpkin” using the
smart board. http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=141304

Make a pumpkin model using modeling clay.

Intelligences:

 Musical, Interpersonal


 Kinesthetic, Naturalist,
Visual, Logical, Verbal



 Visual, Naturalist,
Kinesthetic, Interpersonal,
Verbal, Musical, Logical









 Visual, Verbal,
Interpersonal, Logical,
Naturalist, Kinesthetic



 Logical, Intrapersonal,
Visual, Kinesthetic,
Interpersonal

 Visual, Interpersonal,
Logical, Verbal,
Kinesthetic

 Visual, Verbal,
Interpersonal,
Intrapersonal




 Visual, Musical,
Interpersonal, Kinesthetic,
Verbal

Day 3 - Match plant parts with a partner using the iPad.

Day 4 - Make a collage using tissue paper.

Day 5 - Establish a growth pattern then measuring it with a ruler daily for
growth.

Week 3

Day 1 - To refresh our memories, we will read "The Pumpkin Life Cycle"
slideshow. Using the smart board.
http://www.teachertube.com/viewVideo.php?video_id=141304

Independently, each student will make a poster of the pumpkin life cycle using
images from the computer.

After they finish, I will partner the students up to share their life cycle with a
friend.

Day 2 - Students will enter their findings into an excel spreadsheet.

Day 3 - Students will present their findings to the class.

Day 4 - Whole class bonus activity will be to make Pumpkin Spiced Muffins
after watching a video on "How to Grow Pumpkins - Libby's Pumpkin" using the
smart board.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2WOrSPxegiw&feature=youtu.be

Each student will have their turn helping to make the Pumpkin Spiced Muffins.
On the whiteboard, the teacher would list the ingredients along with the steps to
making the muffins.

Day 5 – Students will produce a simple performance of pumpkin life cycle using
their bodies as the plant. Students will take their pumpkin plant home to continue
the growth cycle.



 Musical, Intrapersonal,
Visual, Kinesthetic,
Logical
 Kinesthetic, Visual,
Interpersonal, Naturalist
 Logical, Naturalist,
Kinesthetic, Visual


 Visual, Kinesthetic,
Verbal, Interpersonal,
Intrapersonal, Logical,
Musical





 Logical, Intrapersonal,
Visual
 Musical, Verbal, Visual,
Kinesthetic
 Visual, Verbal,
Kinesthetic, Interpersonal,
Intrapersonal, Musical,
Logical





 Musical, Interpersonal,
Verbal, Kinesthetic, Visual
Product:

 Illustrate and identify life cycle

 Create picture book

 Experiment

 Performance of life cycle

 Pumpkin from modeling clay

Youtube Link: http://youtu.be/Y4lK9QRLB10
Intelligences:

 Interpersonal, Naturalist,
Visual
 Visual, Kinesthetic,
Interpersonal
 Logical, Intrapersonal,
Kinesthetic
 Musical, Verbal,
Interpersonal
 Visual, Kinesthetic,
Naturalist


Assessment (quantitative rubric):



Evaluation Rubric
The Life Cycle of a Pumpkin

Beginning
1 pts
Developing
2 pts
Very Good
3 pts
Excellent Score
4 pts
Describing
Describing the life
cycle of a pumpkin
Beginning

Can describe 1 stage
in the life cycle.
Developing

Can describe 2-3
stages in the life cycle.
Very Good

Can describe 4-5
stages in the life cycle.
Excellent Score

Can describe all stages
in the life cycle.

Images
Illustrating/image of
the life cycle of a
pumpkin
Beginning

Can create an image
of 1 stage of the life
cycle.
Developing

Can create an image
of 2-3 stages of the
life cycle.
Very Good

Can create an image
of 4-5 stages of the
life cycle.
Excellent Score

Can create an image
of all stages of the life
cycle.

Project
Independent life
cycle project
Beginning

Project is not
completed.
Developing

Project is completed
out images and labels
are of order.
Very Good

Project is completed
and images are in
order but labels are
out of order.
Excellent Score

Project is complete.
Images and labels are
in order.


Pumpkin Diary/Picture Book

Beginning
1 pts
Developing
2 pts
Very Good
3 pts
Organization Beginning

Book is missing some pages
and/or not in order.
Developing

Book contains all pages, but
NOT in order.

Book is missing one or more
pages as listed.
Very Good

Book contains all pages and
is in order.

1. front cover w/author &
illustrator.

Design/Images Beginning

Uses a small amount of
color and pictures. Is too
messy in appearance or
poorly put together.
Developing

Uses a moderate amount of
picture and/or color. It could
be neater in appearance.
Very Good

Very vivid pictures and
great use of color. Nice neat
appearance.

Spelling and Punctuation Beginning

Contains spelling errors
and/or missing some
punctuation.
Developing

Error free spelling with
minor punctuation issues.

Contains error free
Very Good

Error free spelling and
correct punctuation.
punctuation - one or two
spelling mistakes.

Pumpkin In a Cup Experiment

Beginning
1 pts
Developing
2 pts
Very Good
3 pts
Following Directions Beginning

Does not Participate
Developing

Participates with 50%
accuracy.
Very Good

Uses items given, and
correctly plants the pumpkin
seed.

Estimate Plant Growth Beginning

Cannot estimate plant
growth.
Developing

Cannot estimate plant
growth in progressive order.
Very Good

Estimate plant growth in
progressive order.

Excel Spreadsheet Beginning

Did not use a sequence of
events.
Developing

A sequence was used to
present. On one or two
times, went out of order
Very Good

A strong sequence of events
was used. Went in order the
whole way through.

Presentation Beginning

It was hard to follow along. I
could not understand you
most of the time.
Developing

Able understand and follow
along, but could be clearer
in your voice.
Very Good

Used clear voice, able to
understand and follow along
with you.



Performance of How a Pumpkin Grows

Poor
1 pts
Fair
2 pts
Good
3 pts

Participation Poor

No participation in the
performance.
Fair

Student participates most of
the time.
Good

Student participates in the
performance.

Focus Poor

Student is distracted during
the performance.
Fair

Student repeats the piece
50% of the time.
Good

Student played continuously
100% of the time.

Characterization Poor

The style and interpretation
is not executed during
performance, or executed in
the wrong style.
Fair

Some parts are performed
using both correct style and
interpretation.
Good

The performance of the is
executed with both
appropriate style and
interpretation.







Clay Model of a Pumpkin

Beginning
1 pts
Developing
2 pts
Very Good
3 pts
Follow Directions Beginning

Student did not follow
directions
Developing

Student was able to follow
some of the directions.
Very Good

Student followed the
directions successfully.

Comprehension of
Pumpkin
Beginning

Student did not comprehend
what a pumpkin with a stem
and leaves looks like.
Developing

Student comprehended some
of what a pumpkin with a
stem and leaves looks like.
Very Good

Student successfully
comprehended what a
pumpkin with a stem and
leaves looks like.

Clay Model Beginning

Student did not use all three
clay colors (orange, brown,
and green) to mold what a
pumpkin with a stem and
leaves looks like.
Developing

Student used some of the
three clay colors (orange,
brown, and green) to mold
what a pumpkin with a stem
and leaves looks like.
Very Good

Student successfully used all
three colors (orange, brown,
and green) to mold what a
pumpkin with a stem and
leaves looks like.